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Themes of Contemporary Art : Visual Art After 1980

ISBN: 9780195367577 | 019536757X
Edition: 2nd
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 3/13/2009

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A compact and accessible introduction to recent contemporary art history, Themes of Contemporary Art: Visual Art after 1980 , Second Edition, focuses on seven important themes that have recurred in art over the past few decades: identity, the body, time, place, language, science, andspirituality. The opening chapter provides a concise overview of the period, analyzing how five key changes (the rise of new media, a growing awareness of diversity, globalization, the influence of theory, and interactions with everyday visual culture) have resulted in an art world with dramaticallyexpanded boundaries. The remaining seven chapters each feature an introduction to one thematic topic; a brief look at historical influences; a detailed analysis of how contemporary artists have responded to and embodied aspects of the theme in specific works; and two profiles of artists who haveextensively explored aspects of the theme in their work. The book's thematic organization encourages students, gallery goers, and other readers to think actively and critically about the ideas expressed in the artwork instead of simply memorizing "who, what, when, and where."Themes of Contemporary Art , Second Edition, features more than 125 vivid illustrations (including 21 in color) that exemplify a wide variety of materials, techniques, theoretical viewpoints, and stylistic approaches from artists of diverse ethnic, cultural, and geographic backgrounds. It alsoincludes an updated timeline that situates art within the context of the time it was created.

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